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Sudanese President Underlines Reinvigoration of All-Out Ties with Iran

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir lauded the close ties and cooperation between his country and Iran, and called for the further consolidation of the relations between the two countries in all fields.   

Bashir's remarks were made during his meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on the sidelines of the 8th General Assembly Meeting of the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) in Khartoum,according to FNA.

At the meeting, the two sides reviewed the latest regional and international developments, and discussed ways to develop bilateral relations in political, economic and other fields.

They also conferred on the threats and challenges posed to the Islamic nations as well as obstacles to the expansion of the relations between the two countries.

Iranian and Sudanese leaders have on many occasions laid increasing emphasis on the expansion of ties and cooperation between the two nations.

Bashir said on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran (August 26-31) that the relations between the two countries are "excellent", but meantime urged a bolstering of mutual cooperation.

Also, during a visit to Sudan late in September 2011, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lauded the close ties between Tehran and Khartoum, and underlined that the two countries are resolved to boost mutual cooperation with no limit or boundary.

Tehran has prioritized promotion of its economic and political ties with the African states and the country is now considered as one of the African Union's strategic partners.

Tehran's efforts to boost ties and cooperation with Africa have led to its acceptance as an observing member of the African Union (AU), where it has shown an active presence in the AU summit meetings.

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Indian President Calls for Development of Ties with Iran

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in a meeting with Iran's new Ambassador to New Delhi Gholamreza Ansari underlined his country's enthusiasm for the further expansion of relations with Tehran, especially in political fields,According to FNA.

"The political relations between Iran and India are highly extensive and such ties and cooperation should further expand," Mukherjee said in the meeting on Tuesday, during which Ansari submitted his credentials to the Indian president.

He also reiterated the deep and special relations between the two countries, and said, "Iran and India enjoy highly profound and age-old relations and there are abundant potentials for cooperation between two countries."

The Iranian envoy, for his part, described economic relations as one of the main potentials for the two countries' cooperation, and said there are good capacities for mutual cooperation in the energy sector.

Iran and India which have deep historical and cultural relations are now seeking to further expand political and economic ties.

India, the world's fourth-largest petroleum consumer, is Iran's second largest oil customer after China and purchases around $12 billion worth of Iranian crude every year, about 12 percent of its consumption.

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President Al-Assad plan, good opportunity for national talks- Larijani

 Speaker of Iran's Majlis (Parliament) Ali Larijani said Tuesday that the recent plan proposed by President Bashar Al-Assad is a good opportunity for holding dialogue among different Syrian groups.

Larijani made the remarks in a meeting with Hezbullah member of parliament Walid Sukkarieh who is leading the Lebanese delegation to Khartoum, Sudanوaccording to IRNA.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the eighth General Assembly meeting of the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Stressing that the Syrian problem has no military solution, Larijani said Iran is against any military intervention in Syria. Those countries which financially support opposition groups in Syria and dispatch arms to them should be responsible for the bloodshed in that country.

As to Iran's stance on Syria, the Majlis speaker said Tehran believes that democracy should be pursued in that country.

Lebanon plays a significant role in the region, thanks to its resistance movement, Larijani reiterated.

For his part, the Lebanese official said the western states are trying to sow discord among regional states in order to achieve their own objectives.

He further hoped that the Syrian people would witness peace as soon as possible, stressing that no country has right to meddle in internal affairs of Damascus.

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Turkish anti-Patriot protest ends in violence

News sources say that demonstrations in Turkey against the installation of NATO Patriot missiles have ended in violence.

While a Dutch ship carrying parts of Patriot missiles arrived in port city of İskenderun, Turkish people demonstrated against the installation of the missiles in their soil.

According to report by Radio Voice of Russia, the demonstrators also chanted slogans against Western intervention in the region and Erdogan government’s request from NATO for military support .

People’s demonstration against recent Erdogan’s government’s policies ended in violence, and police used tear gas against the demonstrators.

Reportedly, a number of the demonstrators have been arrested by the riot police, who did not provide information on the number of arrested people.

Iranian authorities had condemned the installation of Patriot missiles in Turkey.

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Sudanese VP Calls for Expansion of Bilateral Ties with Iran

Sudanese First Vice-President Ali Osman Taha underlined the necessity for the further expansion of bilateral ties between Khartoum and Tehran in all arenas,according to FNA.

The Sudanese vice-president made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Tuesday.

The meeting was held on the sideline of the 8th General Assembly Meeting of the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) in Khartoum (January 21-22).

Economic, political and cultural ties and cooperation between the two countries are on the rise, Osman Taha said.

The Sudanese first vice president expressed satisfaction with the expansion of mutual relations and cooperation between the two countries and said Iranian investors can play an active role in various sectors such as road and bridge construction as well as agricultural sector, he said.

He expressed the hope that Khartoum would be able to utilize Iran's scientific capabilities in various sectors.

In mid-November, the Iranian and Sudanese officials in a meeting in Khartoum conferred on different ways to further expand the two countries' bilateral relations.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in a short stay in Khartoum Airport met with Sudan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Salah Wansi.

The two top diplomats surveyed ways for the expansion of bilateral relations, and discussed the latest regional developments.

Iranian and Sudanese leaders have laid increasing emphasis on the expansion of ties and cooperation between the two nations.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit here in Tehran (August 26-31) that the relations between the two countries are "excellent", but meantime urged a bolstering of mutual cooperation.

Also, during a visit to Sudan late in September 2011, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lauded the close ties between Tehran and Khartoum, and underlined that the two countries are resolved to boost mutual cooperation with no limit or boundary.

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